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February 23, 2005

Carlos Castresana: One-Question Interview

Carlos Castresana Fernandez received his B.A. (1979) from Complutense University, Madrid. He served as a District and Examine Judge, Court Magistrate, for a number of years before becoming a member of the Public Prosecutors of Spain where he worked in the Office against Corruption. He was also a professor of criminal law at the University Carlos III, Madrid. Professor Fernandez Castresana authored the formal complaint and subsequent reports in the “Pinochet Case” before the Audiencia Nacional in Spain under appointment of United Nations, European Union and Council of Europe. He serves as an expert in international legal cooperation in Europe and Latin America. He was awarded a J.D. honoris causa, from theUniversity of Guadalajara, Mexico 2003, and the Human Rights National Award in Spain, 1997. Professor Castresana teaches International Criminal Law at the University of San Francisco Law School.

Q: How far can states go in investigating state-sponsored terrorism? Is an International Criminal Court a complete necessity, or should healthy democracies take care of their own mideeds?

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The Workshop

On March 11th 2005 the Atocha Workshop on Global Terrorism, hosted by the Safe Democracy Foundation, will create a repository of original thinking on Global Terrorism that will continue to be fed weekly in the form of a weblog by creative thinkers on the subject from around the world. The launching event will take place at the Atocha Train Station on March 11th, 2005. It will begin directly after the commemoration ceremonies at the restaurant Samarkanda, and continue until 9pm. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 400 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged in the discussion of the proposed policies.
Preliminary Program >>

The People

The Workshop will bring together journalists, politicians, activists and scholars in the fields of democratic advocacy and terrorism analysis (see full list). We are introducing them by means of One Question Interviews. Anyone can register to the Workshop and participate by asking them further questions, challenging their assumptions or proposing their own alternative ideas.

The Proposals

The general criteria for published ideas in the Atocha Workshop Weblog are that they be original, creative, potentially executable and most important that their implementation would likely lead to a more democratic world. The basic concept of the Worshop is that in politics, as in biology, diversity is needed to fight a threat. Political leaders, when confronted with the problem of global terrorism need a menu of possible responses. From the proceeds of the discussion on the weblog plus the physical event we will offer a series of Policy Proposals.
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The Issues

During the discussion stage we will be working from a series of topics that we will be refining down to ten main issues to be discussed at the physical conference. As you read this, participants in the workshop are already working together to boil them down to 10 from an original working set of 37.


The Atocha Workshop is sponsored by the Safe Democracy Foundation.